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Infrastructure and Facilities in Empowering Perak Halal
The Halal facilities in Perak will ensure the Halal Integrity of Halal products for the end-consumer- “The Command & Control of goods flows in a value system in such a way that the Halal integrity is secured throughout the supply chain.” Knowledege in Halal is crucial in establishing a Halal compliant supply chain by design.
Halal logistics is the process of managing the procurement, movement, storage and handling of materials, parts, livestock and (semi) finished inventory for both food and non-food products, as well as related info and documentation flow through the organization and the supply chain, in compliance with the general principles of Shari’ah Law.
The creation of a dedicated space for the storage and handling of goods and materials must comply with Shari’ah Law. Similarly, the movement by any mode of transport of materials, parts and finished inventory must also fulfill the general principles of Shari’ah Law.
Perak Centre of Collection and Distribution Hub
The Perak Centre of Collection and Distribution Hub is located mainly at the Kinta Vally, comprising:
1. National Food Terminal (TEMAN)
2. TESCO Distribution Terminal
3. Mydin Distribution Terminal
4. Giant Distribution Terminal
5. Perak Agro Park,
6. MSC Cybercentre @ Meru Raya,
7. Perak High-Tech Park Logistic Centre, and
8. Kampung Acheh Centre of Collection and Distribution.
The Perak Centre of Collection and Distribution Hub is ideally situated near the Cameron Highlands (Malaysia’s vegetables farming hub); and within the vicinity of the designated area for vegetable farming using “nutrient film technology cultivation, in the temperature control modern farm.”
It is also strategically connected by a road network;
1. Aquaculture resource in Manjung district and Hulu Perak district;
2. Fruits resource in Hilir Perak district and Batang Padang district;
3. Animal meat resource in Manjung district, Selama district and Lenggong district;
4. Marine fishery resource in Manjung district, Hilir Perak district, and Kerian district.
The National Food Terminal @ Simpang Pulai (TEMAN) will become a major catalyst to the agriculture sector in Perak and act as a modern one-stop distribution centre. Expected to grow into the country’s biggest collection and distribution centre for agricultural products, TEMAN will enable farmers to conveniently send their produce to be sold, packed and graded.
TEMAN will also provide air-conditioned transportation service to distribute fresh products. The setting up of the terminal will drive agricultural activities such as vegetable farming, orchards, poultry rearing and prawn and freshwater fish breeding. In addition to chilled perishables/ fruits and vegetables, Perak is already a major supplier of livestock produce like broiler chickens, ducks and eggs as well as aquaculture products. These efforts would definitely boost the agricultural sector, including the production of paddy. With vast plantations in Seberang Perak and Teluk Intan, Perak is the country’s biggest rice producer after Kedah.
TEMAN will be a centre for the following activities: collection, natural food distribution centre, price fixing, information reference, food accreditation, promotion, development, agro-tourism and development of industrialists. TEMAN will be known as an auction trading centre for packaged, graded, and labeled product, after the fashion of the auction system practiced widely in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. TEMAN is also expected to turn Perak into the main exporter of agricultural produce and galvanize the economy in order for the state to achieve developed status in 2015.
In 2008, TESCO MALAYSIA completed a distribution terminal adjacent to TEMAN at a cost of RM50 million. This terminal serves as a collection centre for agricultural supplies and fresh produce to be distributed to its outlets nationwide. But most importantly, it was to ensure the realization of RM 1 billion Halal exports to United Kingdom.
Built on a 15 – acre property, the centre will have 14,000 square meters of cold storage facility to accommodate fresh produce from Cameron Highlands as well as from the Perak Halal Food Park in future. The distribution terminal will also be responsible in ensuring that all finished products meet the required strict British Retailers’ Consortium (BRC) standards. Once the BRC’s stringent standards are satisfied, the Halal products can go virtually anywhere in the world. The signs are very encouraging, with more industry stalwarts jumping on the bandwagon soon- Mydin, Giant, and Perak Agro Park.
The Kampung Acheh Centre of Collection and Distribution will concentrate on the Halal production activities in Manjung district. The Centre will have 28 units of Halal food processing factories, dry and cold storage facility, and a warehouse for raw material storage. It will also provide packaging and labeling services.
Perak is taking the lead in this pilot implementation of creating an integrated Halal infrastructure and logistics. A major pull factor is the availability of commodity resources within the state. Another is the strategic location of the State in the centre of the Peninsular, providing better accessibility to ensure that the project can be implemented in an integrated manner.
The State Government’s ability to provide spacious land area for this purpose at a competitive price is considered another significant bonus. Together, these factors solidify Perak’s position as the preferred and strategic location for Halal food industry and should shore up its international appeal.
MSC Cybercentre @ Meru Raya
MSC Cybercentre @ Meru Raya is situated adjacent to the Jelapang toll plaza of the North – South Expressway in Ipoh. In line with its role as a hub of incubation, innovation, and enterprise, MSC Cybercentre @ Meru Raya comprises a flagship township well – equipped with ICT infrastructure and the entire Perak High – Tech Industrial Park which is to be developed as an integrated hi-tech centre.
Centrally located within the corridor encompassing major manufacturing hubs, it is about two hours’ drive from Kuala Lumpur and one and half hours from Penang via the North – South Expressway. It is also connected to the East Coast of West Malaysia via the Second East – West Highway.
It is a catalyst for the state’s economic development;
1. To contribute positively to investment essentials of the state,
2. To promote the transfer of new technology into Perak,
3. To encourage new innovation and R & D in new emerging industries
The confirmed relocation of some twenty – two government department complexes to the vicinity will assist investors in procuring relevant services.
MSC Cybercebtre @ Meru Raya prioritized the development of ICT industry by establishing three core centres: Perak Creative Resource Centre, Perak R & D Resource Centre and Perak SSO Innovation Centre. Under the Perak Halal Blueprint, MSC Cybercentre @ Meru Raya will be the ICT Hub for development of the Halal industry.
PCB Development Sdn. Bhd. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Perak Corporation Berhad), the master developer of Meru Raya township is establishing the infrastructure in stages:
1. Excellence Halal Centre,
2. Common Facility Centre,
3. Halal R & D Centre,
4. Halal Incubators, and
5. Halal Registration & Trading Centre.
A logistic centre will also be established in the Perak High Tech Industrial Park, in the form of an inland port for the Halal industry. The logistics centre will consist of a cold storage depot, container transportation and lorry depot, and bulk depot.
In addition to Perak’s superior railway system and road network, Perak has two significant ports.
The Ipoh Inland Cargo Terminal is said to be the first inland port in South – East Asia region. The Ipoh Cargo Terminal is a dry port that facilitates inland logistics and provides a whole range of facilities and logistics services, similar to those provided by any seaports. It is an extension of port facilities into the hinterland and is an authorized port, used for both export and import by both big and small scale industries. The only inland terminal port in Malaysia, it will surely complement the food terminal industry and help to position Perak as the Halal Hub of Malaysia.
The Lumut Terminal Port in Manjung district provides services such as the transportation of cargo through the water roads to Penang Terminal Port in the North and Klang Port, Pasir Gudang and Singapore in the South as well as Belawan in Sumatera. Lumut Port is well – equipped and has two terminals – an open – sea terminals and a river terminal. The port itself is designed to handle both dry and liquid bulk. The dry bulk facility has 200,000 square meters of storage space equipped with storage and reclaiming equipment for integrated transfer. The liquid bulk facility includes pipe-lines and tanks for direct vessel-to-tank/ plant transfer by negotiations. The port is made up of two different, yet complementary developments, i.e. the Lumut Maritime Terminal and Lekir Bulk Terminal. With waterways extending 20 meters deep, this is the only port that can accommodate Kapmax, the world’s largest ship! The deep waterways allow the largest bulk carrier to come in, thus bringing more cargo at any one time and saving cost.
Most of the research facilities supporting Halal production activities are based in Ipoh. It is not widely known that in 1913, Perak hosted the region’s first Minerals Research Institute in Batu Gajah (before it was shifted to Ipoh), and that the country’s first and only Veterinary Research Institute is also based in Ipoh.
The Minerals Research Institute (now known as the Geological Survey Centre) carries out systematic investigation in identifying industrial minerals’ resource (kaolin, ball clay, dimension stone and silica sand), metallic minerals and energy minerals’ resource (coal, radioactive minerals and geothermal sources). It also promotes investment in the industrial minerals industry and develops and maintains the industrial minerals database.
The Veterinary Research Institute was established in 1948 to conduct research in animal diseases and is the main R & D centre. Also serving as the centre for the reference of animal diseases in the country, it carries out research on animal heath, provides diagnostic services for detection of animal diseases and provides novel vaccine, antigens, antisera, and biological research of commercial value. To cope with the growing demand in ASEAN countries for the latest technical knowledge in poultry diseases, the Government of Malaysia established the ASEAN Poultry Diseases Research and Training Centre (APDRTC) within the compounds of the Veterinary Research Institute. Japan assisted with the functions of APDRTC in playing an important role in the improvement of poultry diseases research, training, and information dissemination in ASEAN countries.
Other notable research institutions with a strong Perak presence include: Malaysia Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) that has research stations in Sungai Sumun and Kuala Kangsar, Aquaculture Development Centre @ Enggor, Marine Fisheries Development Centre @ Sitiwan, and Freshwater Giant Prawn Hatchery @ Sitiwan, Agriculture Complex @ Titi Gantung, Herbal Park @ Tronoh, and the privately funded Puala Banding Rainforest Research Centre.
Resource : Perak Halal Park by Dagang Halal.com